. >> after 12 years of war, the nato combat mission in afghanistan is slowly winding down, slated to end by december of next year. for most american troops, the steady drumbeat of steady deployments to the war zone will come to an end. we were in georgia as members we spent time with in afghanistan in september came home. they hope for a very long time. >> for as long as most of these soldiers have been in the army, homecomings meant they will soon be preparing to go back to war. >> i'm used to coming home and hurrying up and getting back in. >> before long it becomes tearful goodbyes. >> it hits you at night when you go to bed alone. >> after five deployments since 2003, four to iraq and one to afghanistan this past year, the army's third infantry division has just returned home to ft. stewart, georgia.